Flat feet: causes, effects on your body, and how supportive insoles can cure related pain.

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What are flat feet?

While most people's feet have a moderate raised arch, creating that drawn-in 'waist' in our footprints, some feet are completely flat to the floor. This occurs when the tendons in your feet aren't working together to create the tension required for supporting that arch. Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, can have numerous causes such as an abnormality that's present from birth, damaged or torn tendons, health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or even nerve damage. Many people live painlessly with flat feet, but the condition can cause multiple complications.

Common ailments associated with flat feet.

Flat feet can hold you back in your day to day life by leading to quick fatigue, aching and painful feet, swelling on the inside of your foot's sole, and alignment issues that have further repercussions throughout the body. Your feet are the foundations of your entire body, and the raised arches in feet play an important role in making sure your body is neutrally aligned to ensure the rest of your body is working at optimum efficiency. As a result, flat feet can cause issues such as leg pain, hip pain, knee pain and even back pain. These issues can be particularly common in runners with flat feet, or people with flat feet and other biomechanical abnormalities such as overpronation or supination.

Flat foot arch diagram
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There's a simple solution.

Wearing supportive insoles in your footwear can help replace the work normally done by tendons in feet with in-tact arches. Supportive insoles help promote a healthy distribution of pressure in your feet so you're less prone to aches and pains. Proper underfoot support also helps to correct alignment throughout your body by creating a solid, neutral foundation. Many people might search for shoes specifically for flat feet, or even flat feet running shoes, but with the right insoles you can add the right support to whichever pair of shoes you choose to wear. While some doctors may prescribe custom-made orthotics that cost hundreds of dollars, a pair of high quality custom-moldable insoles could achieve the same result at a fraction of the price.

For millions of people the solution is SOLE.

SOLE footbeds have been developed and refined over the span of 20 years to be the industry leaders in supportive insoles. Our signature supportive shape includes density-mapped arch support that flexes with your foot's natural motion to act as a dynamic second skin that gives you all the support you need while being accommodative to your feet. It also includes a deep heel cup to cradle your heel's natural cushioning under the bone and prevent lateral movement that can interfere with neutral alignment. The result is supportive insoles that are loved and trusted by millions of happy customers.

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"I have extremely flat feet and pronation, which causes foot pain, knee pain and especially lower back pain. I found SOLE about 5 years ago and have remained a loyal customer because I DON’T LIVE IN PAIN ANYMORE! I simply will not put shoes on my feet without a pair of these footbeds in them."  - user testimonial 

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One the most important aspects of custom orthotics is to match the shape of the insole to your foot. SOLE’s heat/wear moldable orthopedic bases adapt to the exact contours of your feet without compromising the orthopedic shape, providing you custom comfort at an affordable cost. Getting custom-fit footwear has never been easier. 

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